Do you always feel like there’s a right choice and a wrong one? There’s sometimes a right and a left, but not always a right and a wrong. It has been my experience there are two choices and they both may be equally right. Or shall we say equally permissible before God.
That’s really the concern for us isn’t it? I mean if we call ourselves Christ-followers then we must be asking ourselves the question, ‘how does this play into what God wants from me, in the big picture?’ It’s at these crossroads that we have to be big-picture people. Focusing on the overall story and not the chapter we find ourselves in. Sometimes the little picture confuses what the big picture should look like.
Look at a couple of crossroads from Scripture:
Imagine being in his family when a God you didn’t know or worship came and asked you to go to a land he would show us and somehow bless all of humanity through our family. Far-fetched, huh? Abraham stood at a crossroads and had to decide, was he going to look big picture or small? Right here, right now or a little down the road? Where would we be as Christ-followers (or as a human race since all most major faiths have Abraham as a central faith figure) if Abraham had played it safe and stayed at home?
No one had ever seen rain. He lived miles from the nearest body of water. Building a giant boat made no sense at all. None. Yet that is precisely what Noah was doing, at God’s direction. Build a boat so that I can save humanity from itself. I heard it argued this was the world’s first atrocity and it was done by God. I disagree. The flood was an atrocity, but not because God destroyed the earth, but because humans had already effectively done so. Anyway, back to point. Noah had a choice, big picture or little? It’s obvious where we would be without his choice…
And who could forget Moses? He tried so desperately to avoid the choices that God set before him. He argued and chose not to choose until God made it clear that the only real choice was to do what God asked him to do. But, in reality he could have acted as though he didn’t see the bush that was burning. If he had chose not to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, our narrative as Christians would look very different.
On the road to Damascus Paul saw the light and thus started a saying that has stood the test of time. We see the light every time we realize or come to the understanding that we are in error. If Paul hadn’t seen the light, we would never have been able to use this saying. But, that may be little picture. Big picture is Paul being the first and arguably the greatest missionary for the cause of Christ ever. How many countless numbers of people were won to Christ because of the work that Paul did? Certainly he was a big picture kind of guy.
Jesus, God in the flesh. I have to think that part of being human was the ability to say to God. How else could he know just what it is like to be me? If he was tempted in every way as is common to man, but remained sinless then the temptation to say no to God was there. He chose to be the substitution for us. He chose to pay the price for our sin. He chose to die for me. And further, he chose to defeat sin and death for me. He could have walked that path and then decided he didn’t want to die in my place allowing me to have intimate relationship with God. Where would human history be if he had chose to look at the little picture of one life over the big picture of all of humanity.
All of them had to decide, big picture or the little picture.
Where are you? Are you confused and distracted by the chapter of your life unable to see the big picture? This happens more often than we would like to admit. It is not too late to take a step back and see the big picture.